Emergency

An emergency can range from your child getting burnt at home to a car accident. Learn all about what to do in an emergency situation and the vital steps you need to take.

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Emergency

A crash course in cycling accidents

There are three main culprits that may cause you and your bike to involuntarily part ways: hitting something, losing control, and speed. An orthopaedic surgeon explores what to do to limit injury in a cycling accident.

Babies

How to treat common bites and stings

Bees, wasps, scorpions, hornets and spiders can pose a risk, particularly to young children. Here’s what you need to know about common bites and stings.

Emergency

How to avoid sunstroke

Our infographic looks at what causes sunstroke, who is most at risk and how to prevent it this summer.

Emergency

How to pin emergency contacts to your phone

The holiday season is the time of year when emergency services are the busiest as more people are on the roads or outdoors. We show you how to pin emergency contacts to your phone for quick access.

Emergency

Meet the Critical Care Unit nurse who thrives on challenge

Critical Care Unit (CCU) nursing is a specialty that requires intense training to make split-second decisions in life-threatening medical cases – sometimes without the presence of a doctor. Unit manager Fisanie Shabangu tells us the ins and outs of being a CCU nurse.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
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  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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Emergency

The do’s and don’ts of medication

Taking special care with medications is vital to maintaining their quality and ensuring that the patient gets the full benefit of the treatment. Lize von Schlicht, a pharmacist at Mediclinic Panorama, gives guidance for the safe and responsible usage and storage of medication.

Emergency

Organ donation: The FAQs

According to the Organ Donor Foundation, there are approximately 4 300 South African adults and children awaiting a life-saving organ or cornea transplant. Here’s what you need to know to register to become an organ donor.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
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  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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Emergency

The basics on burns and how to treat them

The causes of burns are wide-ranging – but do you know how to identify the severity of a burn or how to treat it? An ER24 Critical Care paramedic tells us more.

Emergency

Common household injuries – and how to treat them

An ER24 Critical Care paramedic gives his top tips on how to treat the three most common household mishaps, and when to seek medical assistance.

Conditions

Temperature’s rising

The onset of a fever can often be a sign that there is an underlying problem. We take a look at what some of the conditions that can cause a fever and when a high temperature requires medical attention.

Cycle Tour

Protecting you on the Cape Town Cycle Tour

With a field of 35 000 riders, the 109km Cape Town Cycle Tour is the largest timed cycle race in the world. Thanks to Mediclinic’s comprehensive medical service, it’s also the safest.

Emergency

Emergency 101

There are many conditions that aren’t serious but can also be considered emergencies. You should visit an emergency centre if a medical or surgical condition exits that will deteriorate if it’s not treated. Here are some to take note of.

Children up to 12

Handling a poison emergency

With little hands constantly exploring and open mouths at the ready, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of what toddlers and kids are ingesting. Here’s what to do in a poison emergency.

Emergency

In safe hands: how the triage process works

The triage process starts with a question to the patient or their parent/carer: ‘What is the reason for you coming to the Emergency Centre?’ This is followed by gathering info about the patient’s medical and travel history, as these can often influence or lead to the problem presented.

Emergency

In safe hands: explaining triage

The triage process in Mediclinic Emergency Centres speeds up the delivery of time-critical treatment for patients with life-threatening conditions, as it ensures the sickest patients are seen first. It also helps improve patient flow and reduces waiting times. Here’s how it works.

Emergency

How to: describe your pain

Since we all experience pain totally differently, it’s extremely difficult to explain what hurts – and how badly – to anyone. We’ve put together a rough guide to explaining your pain to a doctor in the shortest, most effective way possible…

Emergency

Don’t push through the pain

Feeling a slight injury niggle? Reckon you can simply ’push through the pain’? Whether you’re a runner or a rugby player, you’re about to make a huge mistake, warns Dr Dirk Nell, orthopaedic surgeon at Mediclinic Louis Leipoldt.

Emergency

SOS – part two: identifying emergencies

Dr Brian Gutuza, the head of the emergency centre at Mediclinic Cape Town tells us how to spot a potentially dangerous situation.

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